Nchout Njoya Ajara and Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene celebrate World Cup goal.

By Giovanni Wanneh
Sports Writer, Cameroon

The indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon leapfrogged resilient Zambia this afternoon in an intriguing last round of the Tokyo Women’s Olympic qualifiers by a 3-2 scoreline in Yaounde.

The big names tipped to do well in the encounter both for Cameroon and Zambia all came to the fore in the five goals thriller that spoke volumes of how the rise of Women’s football is becoming significant discussion on the African continent.

Coach Bruce Mwape was punching the air in delight in the 36 minute when the competition’s lead goalscorer Grace Chanda benefited from some horrible mix up in the Lionesses den to slot in the tie’s first goal.

The Zambian carnival did not last for long, though. Just four minutes after Grace Chanda had put the visitors ahead, Nchout Njoya Ajara with that predatory attacking instinct left an absolute ballistic missile that splashed the net of the She-polopolo.

The game was delicately poised at one – all during the interval and indomitable Lionesses head coach Alain Djeumfa was going for the kill with his substitutions, bringing in a player like Genevieve Ngo to stabilise what looked a flat midfield in the first half.

Captain Aboudi Onguene after being frustrated numerous times by the Zambian defence finally got her goal in the 73 minute with that trademark combination; Ajara serving the skipper that time. Grace Chanda was having the game of her life and wasn’t going to let it slip as she slotted past Ange Bawou for her 8th goal in the qualifiers – just one minute after Aboudi Onguene’s goal.

With the game headed for a parity scoreline, Aboudi Onguene once more scored a last-gasp winner in the 89 minute to make it 3-2 and clinch it late.

There is still everything to play for in the reversed fixture that comes up in 5 days time in Lusaka.


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